Suffolk

'Berlin Wall across Suffolk' fears over level crossing closures

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Image caption Network Rail said it would consult in the future over possible closures

Plans to close railway level crossings could result in a "Berlin Wall through the middle of Suffolk", campaigners have warned.

Hundreds of people concerned at the possible closure of level crossings over safety fears met Network Rail in Stowmarket.

There are 87 crossings on the Greater Anglia route, through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and into London.

Network Rail said it would consult in the future over possible closures.

Campaigners fear many communities will be cut in two if the plan goes ahead.

Image caption Hundreds of people concerned at the possible closure of level crossings met Network Rail at a meeting in Stowmarket

Network Rail is looking at ways to reduce journey times between Norwich and London and closing some crossings would help to do this.

The Suffolk Crossings Group, which organised the meeting, said that 20 crossings could be under threat in Suffolk.

Mike Carter, of the group, said: "We really want Network Rail to talk to us about what they are planning to do.

"We have heard they are looking at closing all the crossings from Norwich to London. It would build a Berlin Wall through the middle of Suffolk," he said.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said no decision on any possible closure of level crossings had been taken.

She said Network Rail was keen to work with local authorities across the country to reduce the risk at level crossings, and the best solution was to close crossings where there was either an existing alternative means of crossing the railway or where one could be provided.

"The project is very much in the early stages, so it is not yet understood exactly which level crossings will be affected and we don't expect to have a clear idea of this for another six months," she said.

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